In Homecoming — Greatest Hits! ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS work in collaboration with 13 Queer artists who specialise in music, film, image, and text to create a constellation of artworks in response to the Queer language Damiá and the political and artistic questions it raises. The multi-faceted performance consists of a vinyl EP of seven original songs in Damiá, a book containing liner notes, lyrics, portraits, and essays, and a series of short films. The work is accessible digitally via a website archive — www.queertongue.com — and in limited edition analogue formats. The vinyl EP and accompanying book will be released on 08 December 2022 at a free live listening event at Queer community-space Aquarium, Berlin. Postal copies of the EP and book can also be requested, free of charge*. Please email us with your name and delivery address.
Homecoming — Greatest Hits! explores alternatives to the on-stage premiere and in-person ensemble work, and is the next chapter in ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS’ long-term exploration of Queer identity through Damiá — a Queer language created by Aslan since they were 13 years old. Damiá has a grammar, dictionary, and a small but growing number of learners. It has only ever been spoken by Queer people. The language can be used as an artistic and philosophical tool to engage with questions of Queer identity, Queer belonging, and Queer separatism. It acts as a sci-fi lens between fact and fiction and an experimental act of worldmaking that asks: Who are we? Who could we be? This latest exploration is also inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science-fiction worldmaking Always Coming Home (1985), an archaeology of a potential future, a historiography of a troubled utopia, and the search for a brand new ‘home’.
The online Damiá dictionary is available at: www.perastar.com/damia/dictionary.php